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Visit of the Minister of Public Service to Cibitoke


Jan 11, 2023

CIBITOKE January 10th (ABP) – As part of the visits by members of the government to the provinces, on the orders of the Head of State to listen to the grievances of the people and remedy them, the Minister of Public Service, Labor and employment, Mr. Déo Rusengwamihigo, paid a visit on Monday, January 9, 2022 to Cibitoke province.

In a meeting with civil servants and heads of services, the Minister answered the various questions posed to him by the participants, in relation to his ministry.

Among the main issues, a union representative, Mr. Marcel Nsengiyumva, first acknowledged the government’s efforts in terms of harmonizing the salaries of civil servants. However, he evoked the lamentations of some cases which were not regularized and positioned, and others which were regularized but found, afterwards, that the sum was withdrawn; irregularities in the calculation of salary tax without there being an increase in grade or step. He also pleaded for civil servants who lack medicines in the pharmacies of the Public Service Mutual Fund, and who are unable to buy them in private pharmacies.

The Minister in charge of the Public Service gave clarifications on all the questions of the participants. Starting with the question of fictitious career advancement, he clarified that career advancement as innovated by SERAP was fictitious, theoretical, to be put into execution, and that it continues.

Regarding regularization from 2015 to 2021, out of 104,869 civil servants, 103,900 have been regularized, i.e., nearly 99%, and the rest, less than 400, made up roughly of retirees, newly recruited or deceased, are in the process of being regularized file by file, he pointed out.

For the calculation of the tax, the same minister indicated that there was a technical problem related to the machines but that small errors are being corrected on a case-by-case basis. Minister Rusengwamihigo also expressed himself in favor of the civil servants concerning the specialized drugs, and declared that the MFP accepted to bring the specialties while the Burundi Essential Medicines Purchasing Center (CAMEBU) took charge of the generics.

The Minister of the Public Service also answered other questions, such as those of the Provincial one-stop shop, which needs financial and material means to satisfy the people.